Economy Archive October 2021

The Forum focused on unlocking the business potential for recorded customary lands through bridging and initiating the dialogue between the customary landholding groups and a private small and medium enterprises in the country.

Introducing the Customary Land Recording and Bylaw Development Processes

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey in close partnership with the UN Development Programme and UN Women have organized a three-day forum to present the customary land recording and bylaw development processes.
On Friday 5th, there will a virtual cup of coffee dialogue arranged by CAYWA and it shall be held on line with youth workers around the Commonwealth.

Champions of Youth Work

The Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers Association (CAYWA) is excited to be part of promoting International Youth Work Week from 1st to 7th November 2021.
Police Corrects Report Relating to Break-in Incindent at KG VI Area

Police Corrects Report Relating to Break-in Incindent at KG VI Area

An earlier report by the police stating that the Pacific Games site was broken into and several items stolen has been retracted.
The 132 passengers who boarded the Fiji - Honiara flight on the National Carrier were tested negative for COVID-19 as opposed to the rumors circulated.

Rumors Confirmed as Untrue

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services would like to confirm that the rumors circulating social media yesterday that 3 COVID-19 positive persons had boarded the Fiji-Solomon Islands repatriation flight were untrue.
Demonstrations covered sessions on site and soil section, stalk selection, nursey, transplanting, mulching, pest and disease control, management practices, harvesting, cleaning, washing, chipping and drying.

Farmer’s Broadens Knowledge on Kava Cultivation

A two-day theory and practical training on kava farming practices was successfully held at Halavo village in Central Island Province (CIP) from 22nd-23rd October 2021.
The games venue at the KGVI sports ground east of Honiara.

Items Stolen from Pacific Games Site

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Naha Police Station are investigating a break-in incident at China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) over the weekend at KG VI area East of Honiara.
DCG Dennis Marita with members of the panel at the Russian Space Conference.

Solomon Islands Witnesses Russia's Space Program at World Expo 2020

Solomon Islands representative at the current World Expo 2020 in Dubai has been invited to witness Russia’s Space Programme display.
The report suggests that the the heat from the fire may have created the necessary energy for the galvanized metal pipe to explode, perhaps triggered by flammable materials.

Bomb Did Not Kill Father and Son: EOD

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) say that based on early assessments it appears the blast that killed a father and his son was not a bomb.
The Strategy was launched by the Prime Minister during the World Food Day programme where stakeholders of the sector showcased their produce.

Strategy to Revitalize the Agriculture Sector launched

A 10-year strategy targeted at revitalising, modernising and commercialising the country’s agriculture sector was launched on Tuesday 19th October 2021.
Just recently over 100 unexploded ordinances were dug up in a residential area in Honiara.

Father and Son Killed in Bomb Blast

A father and his son have died after a bomb blast late yesterday around 7pm.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare hands over the copy of the strategy (ASGSIP 2021-2030) to the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Honourable Senley Levi Filualea.

PM Sogavare Launches Strategy to Revitalise Agriculture Sector

A 10-year strategy targeted at revitalising, modernising and commercialising the country’s agriculture sector was launched on Tuesday 19th October 2021.
This sad incident has thrown to light the darker side of social media, and the devastating effect online bullying has on a person's self-esteem.

Cyberbullying Ends Tragically

The rise of social media has also given rise to cyberbullying - this includes, but not limited to, making hurtful comments online, targeting an individual or group.
MPs Urged to Focus on Agriculture and Fisheries

MPs Urged to Focus on Agriculture and Fisheries

The 50 Members of Parliament (MPs) are being urged to turn their focus on the agriculture and fisheries sector for the next decade, to help boost the economy of the country.
Sogavare said the Government condemns heinous and brutal crimes, especially, against innocent children and other vulnerable members of our population.

Sogavare Condemns Killing of Innocent Soul

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has condemned in the strongest terms the alleged killing of an innocent seven year old girl last week in Kolombangara, Western Province.
“If we continue at the current rate of 7,000 doses per week, it will take us about 78 weeks or 17 months to reach the 90% target, which means we will not be able to reopen our borders until March of 2023,” he said.

Only 12% of Target Population Vaccinated

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has reiterated the National Cabinet’s target at 90% vaccination coverage to ensure the country’s borders are fully reopened.
Police officers at Ringi and Poitete attended the scene with a doctor and confirmed that the body found was lifeless.

Two Arrested in Death of 7 Year Old Girl

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands police force (RSIP) at Gizo in Western Province are questioning two suspects in relation to a suspicious death of a 7-year-old girl who went missing on 14 October 2021.
Our homes and communities should always be a safe haven for our girls and children, anything less is a failure on our part – and everybody should be blamed.

Sickening Rape and Killing of an Innocent Young Girl

The rape and killing of an innocent seven-year-old girl is sickening, and should be a wake-up call to all of us. Something is seriously wrong.
MHMS’s Dian Maggie Row presenting to Solomon Power Staff COVID-19 vaccines.

Over 50 Solomon Power Staff to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness

COVID-19 threat to our health and lives is indiscriminate, every single person more especially those unvaccinated are at risk of getting very sick, admitted to the hospital and die from COVID-19.
A group photo taken during the handover of the largest single delivery of vaccine doses to arrive in Solomon Islands to date.

100,000 More AstraZeneca Vaccines Arrive

As the Ministry of Medical Health and Services (MHMS) steps up the national vaccine roll-out to the provinces, Australia continues to provide Solomon Islands with a steady, reliable, and safe supply of vaccines to help protect the community and those on the frontline.
With logging receipts declining, made worse by the current pandemic, the mining sector has been touted as the next big money earner for Solomon Islands.

Promising Results for Nickel Deposits on Isabel

Pacific Nickel Mines Ltd. estimates the Jejevo tenement on Isabel Island has 14.42 million metric tons of nickel at a grade of 1.29%.
Solomon Airlines is advising all interested passengers to contact the Solomon Islands High Commission in Suva, or their nearest Solomon Islands embassy or consulate.

Repatriation Flight from Fiji Confirmed

The national carrier, Solomon Airlines, will operate a repatriation flight for eligible citizens and travelers from Fiji.
While the court had completed more than half of the scheduled circuits for the year, disposing of more than 250 cases, it became apparent last month that there would not be enough funds to complete all outstanding circuits.

Magistrates’ Court Circuits To Go Ahead With Support From Australia

Magistrates’ Court circuits to the provinces will now go ahead for the rest of this year after the Australian Government agreed to make up the funding shortfall which last month forced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2021 court circuit calendar.
“Boosting farmer’s capacity to ensure they properly manage their pig farms is necessary to guarantee good productivity,” Mr. Atupule said.

Falake Community Pig Farmer’s Capacity Enhanced

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), through its Livestock Department, recently conducted a capacity boost up training on pig husbandry practices and management for farmers at Falake community in West Kwara’ae, Malaita Province.
The Solomon Islands Government faces a number of impediments, including administering outcomes with limited institutional and fiscal resources to a population of around 650,000, who are widely dispersed across numerous islands.

Access to Justice in Solomon Islands: Formal and Informal Pathways Post RAMSI

A new survey into justice mechanisms in Solomon Islands shows that significant advancements have been made since the end of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, but also that much more needs to be done.
Hon. Prime Minister and the New Zealand High Commissioner at the signing ceremony, witnessed by the Minister for Aviation, Hon. Shanel.

Taro and Seghe Runway Construction Contract Signed

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare said the signing of the construction contract of the Seghe and Taro runways marks another milestone in progressing the implementation of the Provincial Airports Programme.
Investigation into the rape incident is continuing and Auki police are calling on those that may have any information to come forward.

Police Arrest 27 Year Old for Raping 16 Year Old Girl

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) in Auki have arrested a 27-year-old male suspect for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in a Pajero car along the Ambu main road close to Auki town on 2 October 2021.
Solomon Water says that this precautionary boil water notice is effective until further notice.

Solomon Water Advise Honiara Residents to Boil Water

With the recent torrential downpour experienced in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal, Solomon Water has issued an advisory to Honiara residents, particularly those that receive their water from the Kongulai water source, to boil all water for food preparation and consumption.
Police say that causing unnecessary loud noise may amount to common nuisance, an offense pursuant to section 172 and 187 of the Penal Code.

Two Defendants Plead Guilty For Playing Loud Music

It's a common nuisance in Honiara, loud music being played without care or concern for others.
MASI President receives the funded equipments from Australian High Commission Political Counsellor Kevin Playford.

Building a Stronger Media Association of Solomon Islands

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) will be better equipped to carry out it’s important role of building a skilled, independent and ethical media sector in Solomon Islands after receiving new equipment funded by the Australian Government.
Prime Minister Sogavare said we still have a very long way to go.

Target Vaccination Population is 400k Plus: PM Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the country’s target population to be fully vaccinated is 414,327 people.
The call by these Pacific nations has received a boost after eleven Asian nations endorsed their position, which was formalized in the 2021 Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) 2021, Asia Regional Communique.

Solomon Islands Push for USD$100 Carbon Levy on International Shipping

Solomon Islands, Kiribati and the Republic of Marshall Islands are pushing to decarbonize the shipping industry by 2050.
The Prime Minister is said to be frustrated that less than 7% of the eligible population have been fully vaccinated, and just over 16% have received their first dose.

“No Jab No Job” Deadline Looms

Just over three weeks from now the ‘No Jab, No Job’ deadline will expire and public servants that have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be stood down on half-pay.
Facebook is now back online, but the company's share price slipped 4.8 per cent off the back of the outage.

Facebook Back Online, Loss of USD$5.9 Billion in Global Outage

Facebook's share price has been walloped by the recent global outage, stripping billions out of company CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal fortune.
The reason for the outage was not immediately clear. However, multiple security experts quickly pointed to a Domain Name System (DNS) problem as a possible culprit.

Facebook and Related Apps Down

Popular social networking site Facebook (FB) is currently down. Other social media services related to FB, including Instagram and WhatsApp, have also suffered outages.
Commissioner General Ambassador, Moses Kouni Mose and Communications Volunteer, Mr. Kelepi Abariga display customized Solomon Islands face masks at the Solomon Islands Pavilion.

Preparations Finalized for Solomon Islands World Expo Pavilion

For the first time in World Expo history, every participating country will have its own pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, to which Solomon Islands will also showcase.
Co-facilitated by lead Kava Farmer, Mr. Patrick Soruevo, a total of 22 farmers from ward 12 around Ringi area participated in the training.

Kolombangara Kava Farmers Capacity Enhanced

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) through its Extension Department recently facilitated a Kava training in Kolombangara aimed at enhancing the capacity of local Kava farmers to produce quality Kava.
High value tropical beche-de-mer on sale in jars in Hong Kong.

Local Divers Disappointed with Bechdemer Price

Local divers are disappointed in the minimum purchase price for the local market released recently by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.